Mumbai opened 4 new coronavirus subject hospitals on Tuesday — together with one at a horseracing observe — because the nationwide loss of life depend jumped previous 20,000.
Hospitals in densely populated cities reminiscent of Mumbai and Delhi are struggling to deal with the epidemic, and the nation now has round 720,000 infections — the world’s third-highest.
The Mumbai area, which accounts for a couple of quarter of the nation’s 20,100 deaths, has suffered a brand new surge in infections, forcing authorities to construct makeshift hospitals and quarantine amenities.
Faculties, resorts, a planetarium and a stadium used to host US NBA video games final 12 months have all been repurposed, and on Tuesday 4 new subject hospitals — together with 700 beds contained in the Mahalaxmi horseracing venue — have been opened.
The brand new amenities will collectively present an additional 3,500 beds within the metropolis of 20 million, the place hospitals have been overwhelmed with lots of of sufferers every day.
Well being staff have complained about extreme workers shortages, with some senior medical doctors and nurses avoiding frontlines due to their vulnerability to the virus as a consequence of age or situations reminiscent of diabetes.
“Required medical assist will probably be obtainable at these 4 new remedy centres,” mentioned a spokesman for the federal government of Maharashtra.
Because the loss of life depend climbs, critics say the nation will not be testing sufficient — leaving many infections undiagnosed.